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School Sport

Celebrating School Sport – Part 1

Celebrating School Sport – Part 1 This time of year is always a reflective one for me, probably more so than at beginning of a new academic year. It is a time to take stock; to muse on the past, analyse in the here and now and then plan for the future. It’s also a time […]

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School Sport

Commitment and School Sport

As a Director of Sport in a state school I’m dealing with the issue of trying to get academic staff to commit to running school teams. Its a tough task that I’m honestly finding harder all the time, especially with the increase in my colleagues workload and the uncertainty of PRP looming over them. However 3 […]

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Professional Development Teaching and Learning

Teach Meet: Standards and Expectations for 6th Form in academic subjects

This year as part of our new CPD provision we have a 10 minute Teach Meet once a month. This is by run by one teacher who shares their teaching practice with whoever attends, with a 5 minute Q and A at the end. The last session was on behaviour management with KS3 students. Today […]

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School Sport

Competitive Sport in State Schools

I was at the Wellington College Festival of Education this year, and I heard Sir Michael Wilshaw deliver his keynote address on reclaiming comprehensives. One of his main messages was about raising competition within state school sport. He was passionate in his delivery and of course being a PE Teacher I was in full agreement […]

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Academic PE

Common practice of successful departments

Common practice of successful departments: There are 4 exceptional departments in my school, and by exceptional I’m referring to exam results. Year on year with different cohorts they exceed expectations and deliver what can only be described as outstanding results and value added. Over the course of the last 2 weeks I have spoken to the HoD’s […]

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Personal Reflection

Learning from a ranting blog post.

I’ve reached a cross roads in my teaching career. I’ve been teaching for 12 years and I’ve either got to fully embrace the profession, look to develop my weaknesses and become a better teacher or I need to leave. I started blogging last month to share my thoughts, help me reflect on my practice and […]

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Personal Reflection

Don’t Blog Post in Anger, I heard you say.

I’m sorry. This is a rant. We have been back at school for 8 working days. On day number 6 a member of my department was ‘told off’ by the School Business Manager, part of the leadership team, but someone who is not directly in charge of line managing teachers. My colleagues transgression was that […]

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School Sport

Developing Culture, Legacy and Ethos through School Sport

This summer I followed the CPD advice of an influential edu-blogger and ‘read a book’. One of the many books I spent reading was Legacy, 15 lessons in Leadership. James Kerr, the author, got the privilege in 2010 to spend around 5 weeks in a training camp with the All Blacks. He got to speak […]

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Academic PE

Examination PE: What I learnt today from a Maths Teacher

The last time I taught A-Level PE was two years ago. It went pretty poorly and for the first time in over a decade I had students who didn’t meet their target grades or better. At the time in my write up to the Headmaster I found every excuse under the sun, other than my […]